‘Ofcom isn’t a punch bag, sensitive TV fans should stop using it like one’
People can no longer deal with being offended.
The slightest comment, scene, and even mild acts of love are being met with an onslaught of complaints.
Would you be surprised to hear children’s show The Next Step was met with more than 100 complaints in 2020 after a same-sex kiss was aired between two women?
It makes you wonder what people are doing with their time to register petty complaints about a CBBC fictional dance show.
You’ve really got to re-evaluate your priorities, take a long look in the mirror, and perhaps take up meditation to release the anger you might otherwise be directing at Ofcom. These people are a special kind of human.
To be perfectly honest, I’ve never complained about TV or even knew, before writing this, how to complain to Ofcom.
So, here’s my Ryan-Mark guide to making a complaint to Ofcom, perfect for the wet wipes who read my columns:
You must either lead a boring life or be emotionally unfulfilled to be eligible to make a complaint. It’s a criteria everyone must meet before Ofcom could possibly consider your concern. It’s a crucial step.
If you have a computer, telephone, or access to a pen, paper, and envelope, you can send your complaint directly to the agents at Ofcom. They will pretend to care about your worries and hopefully take notes on your diatribe.
After you have bored the agent on the phone, over email, website, or post, you can now resume your sedentary position on the sofa and continue grunting at your TV screen. It’s advisable to inhale at least five times before making a new complaint.
I hope that was helpful and I’m sure this will aid the growing number of people who are resorting to Ofcom to vent their frustrations, projecting their anger onto trivial television moments that could have broken broadcasting regulations (doubt it, though).
There have been some wacky complaints over the years, here are just a few of the most bizarre grievances:
In 2015, Ofcom received a complaint after a viewer suspected Simon Cowell used “hypnotic and other techniques” during an episode of the X Factor. I’m now worried over Simon’s TV return, he can’t close his eyes after his 100th surgery, perhaps those “hypnotic” effects will have greater power?
Even an applause can be too much for some. One viewer wrote to the BBC over editing of the Strictly Come Dancing audience’s applause, claiming it’s out of time and ruining the performance. Even Craig Revel Horwood isn’t that harsh.
Stop the weather forecast… It’s causing obesity! One viewer decided to complain about the Beeb after one weather report was “depressing the children” and would keep them inside. Pretty ironic when you’re the one making the complaint and clearly have no life outside your house anyway. Oh well, worry about the children why don’t you.
Hello Eastenders story writers, keep the surprises out of the show, eh? Four viewers decided the Lucy Beale murder storyline was too surprising, after it was revealed Bobby Beale was the culprit. Take this as a lesson, writers. When putting a soap opera together, don’t have any surprises. It’s not like you’re making a drama on BBC One or anything. Puh-lease.
Even though BBC and Ofcom have received their fair share of laughable complaints, there have been some more serious issues raised to the broadcasting regulator.
Most recently, Channel 5 show Celebrities: What’s Happened To Your Face? received more than 7,000 complaints to Ofcom, taking over Channel 4’s documentary on UKIP which registered 6,138 complaints in 2015.
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Charlotte Crosby, 30, who rose to fame on MTV’s Geordie Shore, was devastated by the episode which involved a panel of medical professionals dissecting her appearance during the episode, using terms like “cookie-cutter” and “plastic face”.
Thousands agree with the reality star, and although the show seems harsh, Crosby can’t be surprised by the level of scrutiny which comes part and parcel with being a celebrity.
Stars never take issue when they exploit their fame for money when it’s on their terms. I don’t like hypocrisy and it deserves to be called out. No apologies for that.
I can understand why people complained after seeing Charlotte’s reaction, but television is not designed to make everyone happy.
Sometimes it’s okay to be offended and for others to find a programme offensive. How dull would it be for broadcasters to only commission television shows that are completely sanitised, ensuring no offence is caused.
But, rest assured, people would be complaining the show is lacklustre. You can’t win!
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The same goes for Diversity’s Black Lives Matter tribute on Britain’s Got Talent in 2020, which racked-up 24,500 complaints.
Yes, you saw that correctly.
I can’t imagine people being so enraged by a dance routine they could take 10 to 20 minutes to contact Ofcom to find some allusive issue with an outstanding performance to memorialise the murder of George Floyd.
The group and ITV backed the routine and the complaints were dismissed.
Waste of time, yet I’m not surprised. These people are desperate to make a song and dance, well, about a simple dance. Get over it, losers.
Even ITV daytime has caused a storm in the past, specifically in 2018 when Kim Woodburn walked out of an interview on Loose Women.
Just over 8,000 people complained about the episode, with viewers worried Kim may have been "bullied" and "targeted" by the panel after they questioned Kim’s appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, alongside fellow panellist Coleen Nolan.
Again, Kim is a tough woman and doesn’t need Doris from Yorkshire writing a handwritten note to Ofcom HQ about a controversial discussion. Get over it, honestly.
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I’ve never encountered, or wish to encounter, someone who could possibly justify complaining to Ofcom.
It really flummoxes me, people have the dedication to defend strangers on TV because they felt uncomfortable watching it.
Here’s the thing, guys. Switch the TV off, get some fresh air, and maybe do some pilates. Forget the call to the Ofcom agent who just wants to be at home eating a curry with their other half. Goodness me.
One of the most complained about TV moments in UK history, which comes as an accolade to this person, is thanks to Piers Morgan.
The firebrand broadcaster was torn to shreds by the Twitter woke brigade and 41,015 viewers whom contacted Ofcom over Morgan’s coverage of Meghan Markle and remarks following the infamous Oprah interview.
But, again, if you find it offensive just vent on Twitter or tell your granny. No need to try and get Piers off air by reporting him to the regulator.
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It comes back to the insurgent cancel culture and people’s growing callous desires to ruin people’s lives over mistakes, mishaps, miscommunications – and their unforgiving stances are unrelenting.
They want to see people like Piers fired and they tried their best to make that a reality, alas (for them) they lost, he resigned, and now celebrates making Ofcom history, and probably a better paid job after a £250million valuation.
The moral is: watch the TV, enjoy your show, and if you don’t, switch over. It’s not rocket science.
This also proves how sensitive the country is becoming, a total contrast to when we could laugh at Little Britain or Come Fly with Me — what has happened to British humour?
I hope once this virus passes, people might become more optimistic and complain less, but then again, it’s Britain; complaining is what we do best.
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